Amanda Hocking turns everything you may have known about Trolls and reinvents a new world within our human world. Trolls are not what anyone has envisioned. They are beautiful and powerful. They are not the same big-footed short naive fellows. Not all are evil, but all hold humans as subservient. High-level Trolls switch their own babies with those of unsuspecting rich humans. When the troll child grows up, they bring them back into their fold and collect the fortunes from these same parents. This is a total new vision of those trolls' tales we grow up on as children.
This was my first Amanda Hocking book.
Therese Plummer always puts on a great performance.
The closeness Wendy (the hero) feels towards her human brother and that of the human she had replaced.
I did find it hard believing Wendy would fall so hard in love with Finn, seeing that she is just in High School.
If or when I listen to a sequel or prequel of this series, I would most likely listen to this again. To reacquaint myself with all of this Author's many charterers.
It answers the question as to what happen to Lear, the son of the witch. In Wicked, Lear had such a sad story. His story was almost sadder than the witch's story. He was raised with no praise or love, yet he is able to care (love) so much of others and be more empathetic. This books tale is more enjoyable, because unlike the witch's, Lear over comes his past and flaws.
I think he does a great job, and he is one of the few Authors who can.
"A Tale With a Wicked Beginning"
Secondhand Spirits offers the reader a story with a touch of realism and the paranormal. I would say it maybe one of my current top 20 books of fantasy and mystery.
This story is as interesting as a Mercy Thomson or Rachel Morgan book. Each with a different spin on the supernatural, and each with a smart brave antagonist. Looking forward to reading more of Lily Ivory's story.
The gremlin, her familiar, Oscar. This character was performed well and you enjoyed Xe's take on the different funny character.
Discover magical San Francisco.
Oh yes, I love Sue Grafton and Kinsey's books. If you love a good mystery set in the present (almost), this is a great series. W is one of her best books of late. Grafton does an excelent job of weaving 3 stories together into one. At first you haven't a clue as to how these story lines tie into each other, but you find yourself hooked to read more. As you do, you begin to think you may know how the tie in will be, but not so sure. It is not until the end of the book do you have the whole story and are satisfied with the ending. There are not many writers out there who can hook you into such a complexed story.
It is always Kinsey. I just love the way she thinks.
Judy brings all the characters alive and for a reader she makes you feel less guilty for listening to Grafton's books rather than reading them.
How Grafton brought you a new understanding of the Homeless people. Even Kinsey's mind and bias were changed.
Her characters and their relationships become more developed. The relationships between and the understanding of fae, vampire, werewolves, ghosts and skin walkers become more clear. A new paranormal element is added to the mix, demons. Mercy's love interests and friendships are very interesting. The demon is much more scary than all the other paranormals and I enjoyed that tremendously. Her 2nd book is better and one can't help but want to read more books in the series.
That vampires are not as romantic as other books tell it. I liked the ghosts in this book and how they leave clues only Mercy can pick up on.
Her accents for the vampires and some of the fae were spot on.
It made me laugh and left me wanting to sleep with my head under the covers too.
Having never read a story about a zombie before, I didn't know what to expect. I have read books like the World War Z, but this wasn't a typical apocalyptic zombie eating brains story. This was about a cool redneck chick, who just happens to be dead and has to eat brains to keep alive and falling apart. Her life began after she died. I found her funny and smart. Plus her story made you feel uplifted at the end. It's okay to be this type of zombie, just as long as you have a pipe line of brains you didn't have to kill to get. I've enjoyed zombie movies my whole life. I love 48 days, Night of the Living Dead and Shaun of the Dead. If I awoke and found myself craving brains, I would think I was crazy too, just as Angel did in the book. She didn't know she had been turned or that zombies were real. I think this made buying into a living dead person who was aware of themselves.
In the beginning she didn't know she was a zombie. This was a cool way to develop her story, plus it made you like her and than to love her. You were rooting for the zombie to win. What a twist of a tale.
I liked how she settled things with her father and started a new beginning. This felt real and gave everything a sense of closer.
"Nothing better than a brain smoothie to give you a brain freeze" or "Angel's life starts after her death."
This would make a good zombie movie along the same lines as Shaun of the Dead.
This is a classic King novel. I believe fans of King and those who have never read any of his many novels will enjoy Duma Key. A combination of mystery, horror, friendship and love. Edger the protagonist in the novel, rides a roller coaster of tragedy, triumph, tragedy and all with a touch of horror. Duma Key will make you look a art differently, and you wonder if the artist has any demon muse within his work.
Duma Key reminds me a bit of the Shining.
I can recall if I've listened to any of John Slattery's works, but he does an excellent job of narration and brings Stephen Kings works alive.
I would have loved to listen to this all in one sitting, but my life is filled with normal day interruptions, so that would be an impossible.
I'm not much for a story where the characters think about sex all the time. I would want more of a developed relationship between the lovers. The sex wasn't too graphic and the story was short, so if you just want a little titillation, than this is your book.
I'm not sure I have so many books on my wish list, mostly mysteries. I have very few romance, so it will most likely be a mystery.
I can see it for a lifetime movie, made for Christmas. I could see David Gregory from One Life to Live as the male lead. He is sexy, manly and I could believe he works with his hands. The female lead would be Ashley Tisdale from High School Musical, because she looks like a woman who was one of the popular girls in school, and has blossomed into a beautiful woman with a hot body and brains.
Ms. Harris's continuing tale of Harper Conelly the body finder is well developed and entertaining. Her characters are unique and visual. Alyssa Bresnahan does a great job in her narrating and voice characterizations. I love all of Ms. Harris's books and would recommend this to her fans as well as those who love a good mystery.
Since this story had more than one mystery being dealt with it kept you wanting more. You couldn't help but anticipate what may happen yet, if Harper would find the answers she was looking for or would fate intercede and leave you kept in the dark.
Alyssa always does a great job and with Ms. Harris's clever characters it sometimes can be a challenge keeping them sounding as individual characters. She really handles it well. Her readings are natural and seamless.
When Harper first thinks her step father may have killed her sister, and how she had to keep a cool head even when she wanted to tear his throat out.
Interesting, Adult, OZ
The truth behind the tale of the Wizard of OZ. Very smart and gripping. A long awaited adult version of the workings of OZ. All of this created a political and emotional tale of the Wicked Witch of the West. Who was cursed from her sad beginning. Even though she is dressed in the guise of the witch we recognize from the Wizard of OZ, you feel for her and those innocence she fought for. The book showed how stupid people will believe the lies of others when these lies are created in the promise of the person's greedy needs.
Chikery (sp) the witch's monkey and the witch herself.
Oh yes, it was quite long and many times I had to stop to get work done around the house and this ticked me off.
Get this book and stay with it past the birth of the witch's sister and you wont be disappointed by the rest of the tale.
The story was sweet and cute, with just a bit of mystery. The idea of werewolf clans and how they mate, in this story, was cleaver. Being caught with your pants down was (in more ways than one) was a funny running gag also.
Maggie, the heroin, was my favorite. Placing her in the roll of Alpha Werewolf with little experience, made her character interesting and likable. Even though Maggie hadn't been more further out of the town of Grundy, she was wise and understanding as to the ways of others and the world.
Amanda did a fare job on this performance. I have enjoy her other performances better, but in this her characterization of the romantic lead, (Nick), made him sound a bit goofy, when he should have sounded more manly.
The death of one of the older characters was saddening, despite their being a werewolf.
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